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campus ministry


University of Notre Dame                                                          

South Bend, IN


The Rector serves as the primary pastoral leader, chief administrator, community builder and University resource for 29 single-sex undergraduate halls and two coed graduate facilities. The Rector has a unique responsibility to foster Christian community within the residential communities, inspired and informed by Notre Dame's Catholic, Holy Cross tradition. Responsible for the well-being and development of residents, including members of Hall Staff, and assists students in the integration of their intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual formation.

-Serve as active and visible witness of a committed Christian
-Ensure opportunities for vibrant Catholic worship
-Plan events in observance of the Church's liturgical calendar
Collaborate with University partners to design opportunities to integrate faith
-Establish a "ministry of presence"
-Reach out to residents, especially marginalized or vulnerable students
-Meet 1:1 with first-year students and students planning to study abroad
-Mediate conflict resolution among residents and with parents
-Provide pastoral care and counseling
-Employ crisis management with students of concern and document
-Collaborate with the CARE Team, faculty, staff and parents
-Implement discipline consistent with University community standards and document

-Attend regular meetings for ongoing supervision and professional development
-Collaborate with the Office of Housing to accomplish essential administrative tasks
-Recruit, serve as hiring/firing manager, train and develop residential staff
-Participate in the annual Hall Staff Orientation and Training
-Design hall-specific orientation and training for Hall Staff
-Coach, mentor and supervise Hall Staff
-Serve in a rotation of three Head Staff on duty per residential community
-Create policies and procedures for the residential community
-Oversee stewardship of finances
-Collaborate on repair/maintenance of the facility and document
-Write letters of recommendations for residents

-Provide opportunities for Hall Staff team bonding/relationship building
-Conduct regular town-hall meetings
-Establish expectations/opportunities for RAs to conduct regular section meetings
-Create opportunities for the Rector to interact informally on a regular basis with residents
-Know all residents by name
-Develop an in-house orientation program to welcome new students
-Reach out in intentional ways to students disconnected from the community
-Create opportunities to highlight and celebrate the diversity of the residents
-Support the development of signature events unique to each community
-Design robust programming aimed at integrated development
-Collaborate with Priest-in-Residence and/or Faculty-in-Residence
-Attend community programs and University events in which residents participate

-Serve as the liaison for faculty, staff and parents
-Acquire and enhance understanding of University structure and resources
-Communicate information and make referrals for residents as needed
-Work in partnership with the Office of Housing to accomplish the work of Residential Life
-Collaborate with Student Affairs departments and critical University partners
-Share information with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and CARE Team as needed
-Accumulate data and compile reports
-Serve as a member of annual task groups or on University committees
-Engage voluntary and/or paid second appointments  


Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in Theology, Higher Education, Counseling or a related field is required. Requires at least three years of experience in a related field such as pastoral ministry, education, student personnel or counseling.  

Preferred Qualifications

- At least three years of experience in ministry or higher education/non-profit administration
-Understanding of the structure, mission, and values of institutions of Catholic higher education
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in higher education with faculty, staff and students
- Knowledge of student life issues
- Supervisory experience, particularly training and coordinating volunteers
- Effective interpersonal skills, including a willingness to create a welcoming environment for all people
- Ability to design, coordinate, implement and evaluate programs with and for students
- Ability to manage complex situations and multiple responsibilities simultaneously, mixing long-term projects with urgent or immediate demands
- Capacity to manage stress and maintain personal and emotional stability in a demanding work environment
- Strong communication skills, both written and oral, with a facility for public speaking
- Strong organizational skills, with a demonstrated attention to detail
- Competent with technology (MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook) and ability to learn new systems  

Special Instructions to Applicants

The current Rector cohort includes priests and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross, women and men from other religious orders, and single and married lay women and men. The Rector position is a live-in, full-time position, which is 10 months in the undergraduate halls and 12 months in the graduate facilities (with new Rectors arriving early for orientation and training). The position offers full-time benefits, including a retirement plan, a furnished apartment and a meal plan. The Rector reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Residential Life, a member of the senior leadership team in the division of Student Affairs.  

Required Applicant Documents

Cover Letter  


STUAF:Student Affairs  


Student Services  


Housing/Res Life  

Career Stream/Level

EIC 2 Professional  

Department Hiring Pay Range

Market Reference Ranges

$32,000 - $40,000  

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Job Closing Date

Open Until Filled

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Internal and External Applicants  

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